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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Deuteronomy 7:12-26

Here, I. The caution against idolatry is repeated, and against communion with idolaters: ?Thou shalt consume the people, and not serve their gods.? Deut. 7:16. We are in danger of having fellowship with the works of darkness if we take pleasure in fellowship with those that do those works. Here is also a repetition of the charge to destroy the images, Deut. 7:25, 26. The idols which the heathen had worshipped were an abomination to God, and therefore must be so to them: all that truly love God... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Deuteronomy 7:22

And the Lord thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little ,.... Which is observed for their encouragement, who seeing that all were not destroyed at once, might fear the work would never be thoroughly accomplished; see Exodus 23:30 , thou mayest not consume them at once ; though it was in the power of their hands to do it, there being some wise reasons for sparing them awhile, at least for not cutting them off all at once, and one follows: lest the beasts of... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Deuteronomy 7:22

Put out those nations - by little and little - The Israelites were not as yet sufficiently numerous to fill the whole land occupied by the seven nations mentioned Deuteronomy 7:1 . And as wild and ferocious animals might be expected to multiply where either there are no inhabitants, or the place is but thinly peopled, therefore God tells them that, though at present, by force of arms, they might be able to expel them, it would be impolitic so to do, lest the beasts of the field should... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Deuteronomy 7:12-26

Reward in proportion to arduous service. The enterprise upon which the Jews were entering was one of prodigious difficulty. They had to contend at the same time with stalwart human foes, and with the internal foes of evil lust. Here was a splendid field for eternal renown. In proportion to the difficulty of the enterprise would be the glory of success. I. OBSERVE THE DISCOURAGING ASPECTS OF THE UNDERTAKING . 1. Their adversaries were more numerous than they . The... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Deuteronomy 7:16-26

The heathen they were utterly to extirpate from the land which God was about to give them; mighty as these nations were, they were not to be afraid of them, for God would be with his people, and would deliver these nations, with their kings, into their hands. Not all at once, however, should the former occupants of the country be driven out; this should be done by degrees, lest, the land being suddenly depopulated, the wild animals would increase too much, so as to be a source of danger and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Deuteronomy 7:17-25

God for us. The numbers, strength, and fortified security of the seven nations made the conquest of Palestine a task of difficulty, and might naturally produce a disheartening effect on the invaders. I. A NATURAL FEAR . ( Deuteronomy 7:17 .) Like disheartening feelings may assail ourselves in presence of the strong spiritual opposition to be encountered in seeking to win the world for Christ. Our enemies are neither weak nor few; we will do well not to underrate them. The larger... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Deuteronomy 7:17-26

Canaan gradually won. The winning of the whole land seemed a great task—too great for sense and sight. But the Divine programs, though comprehensive, are taken in detail. The Israelites are to win the country little by little, and remove the people gradually. In this patient work they may expect the co-operation of God. I. THE WORK BEFORE US SEEMS OF OVERPOWERING DIMENSIONS . MUST we win a victory over all the evil within us? and then contemplate a victory over all... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Deuteronomy 7:22

Deuteronomy 7:22. Thou mayest not consume them at once Thou shalt not be able; I will not assist thee with my omnipotence, to crush them at one run of success and victory; for you are not yet numerous enough to people the whole country at once. But I will bless thee in the use of ordinary means, and thou shalt destroy them by degrees, in several battles, that thou mayest learn by experience to put thy trust in me. read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Deuteronomy 7:1-26

The promised land (7:1-8:20)Israel’s responsibility was to destroy the people of Canaan along with everything connected with their religion, so that nothing would remain in the land that might corrupt God’s people (7:1-5). Israel’s favoured place as God’s chosen people was not an excuse for them to do as they liked, but a reason for them to avoid corruption and be holy. If they were disobedient, they would surely be punished (6-11). But if they were obedient, they would enjoy the blessings of... read more

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